One More from Morocco: Wednesday HDR


One more in the recent series from our guest contributors' recent Moroccan safari (previously here and here). They ended their trip in Fez, Morocco's second largest city after Casablanca, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the oldest continuously functioning university in the world (since 859), the University of Al-Karaouine, and one of the world's largest and most fascinating medinas.

There are more photos in the Morocco Gallery at, and you can read the technical details of creating this HDR photo after the jump.

Our thanks to our friends Carol and Bob for the photos this week.

Creating this week's HDR took several steps:

– changing the color temperature to reduce an overall bluish cast.
– extra work on that in the sky and on the ridge along the upper right.
– bringing the clouds back toward white.
– re-exposing at saving versions of the original at +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3 & -4 in Bridge, combining them in Photomatix Pro and tonemapping.
– bringing back a little yellow from the city lights.
– adding a faint vignette.
– introducing a layer of Gaussian blur on top the the working layer and fading it back to about 20 per cent.
– slightly cropping the top.
– de-noising the entire photo with Nik Software's Dfine.

Here are the original and the finished image side by side. Click 'em to make 'em bigger:



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